Wednesday, May 22, 2019

China Compares U.S. Foreign Policy To 'Don Quixote'

A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is seen during a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: China: U.S. resembles "Don Quixote" in seeing other powers as threats

GENEVA (Reuters) - China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilizing, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavors.

“The Cold War mentality has come back to drive the security strategy and policy of a major power,” China’s disarmament ambassador Li Song told the Conference on Disarmament, a long-stalemated arena for arms talks at the United Nations in Geneva.

“In particular the U.S. keeps saying other countries make it feel unsafe – this is truly baffling,” he said.

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WNU Editor: I am impressed that someone in China ractually ead Miguel De Cervantes' 1500 page book "Don Quixote" to make such a claim. As to those who never read "Don Quixote", you can download a free ebook version from here (Miguel De Cervantes, "Don Quixote").


Anonymous said...

They haven't read it - in all likelihood they just vent for a allegory/metaphor that is well understood in Western culture. Well, so they thought.. not so much in the US unless they explicitly target older white people - which they very well may (as it's a big part of Trump's base) - because that's the demographic that still also might be familiar with this relatively old book.. I believe a few classes older than me had it still in high school, i.e. we are talking 60yrs and older

RussInSoCal said...

Anon makes great points. It is very doubtful any Chinese Gov't VIP ever read Don Quixote.

Everyone should watch the Chinese Ambassador interview with Bret Bair on Fox News. Then you'd understand why they completely inverted that metaphor.

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